January 4, 2016

Pilates at Athena’s Fitness Synergy


Athena’s Fitness Synergy, a Guilford studio offering pilates, boot camp, barre, personal training, and kids classes, is aptly named. Owner Athena Thompson’s signature pilates class is a fusion of classical mat pilates and strength training that will leave your core sore, your skin sweaty, and your mind clear.

With an energizing soundtrack featuring the likes of UB40, Michael Jackson, and Drake, Athena led our class of six through a series of abdominal exercises utilizing a weighted bar, a soft, small exercise ball, and hand weights. Once our guts were exhausted, we worked deep into our legs and glutes—while keeping our abs engaged, mind you—and wrapped up with a series of full-body planks, tricep dips, and additional ab work.

Athena’s subtle and specific cues were indicative of her vast expertise in fitness and biomechanics, and her upbeat, down-to-earth instruction made for a fun yet challenging class. This pilates class is suitable for those with previous experience and/or cores of steel.


Classes: Mat pilates, private/semi-private reformer pilates, barre fusion, boot camp, personal/group training, kids yoga and pilates

Schedule: 10 per week, mostly morning and evening. 2 morning classes on Saturday, 1 on Sunday. 

Atmosphere: Bright and spacious, wood floors, ample equipment. 2 bathrooms.

Price: $15 drop-in, 10 class card-$130, 20-$240, 50-$500. Reformer drop-in $75, 5 sessions-$350 (private), $250 (semi-private), 10-$650 (private), $450 (semi-private). Small group training $35.

Extras: First class is free. Complimentary coffee and tea, bottled water for sale.

by Amanda Bloom

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